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The condition of your skin will affect the final results of tanning lotion application. One way to ensure an even and pleasing color is to exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying the product. Use either a body/facial scrub or a loofah and shower gel to slough of dead and dry skin. You can also try this technique: Fill a cup or jar with salt (ordinary table salt is fine, though coarse or kosher salt will be grittier). Add enough oil (baby, vegetable, olive or bath oils work well) to form a paste. Rub the salt and oil mixture over your entire body while showering, rubbing in circular motions. The salt removes dead skin cells, and the oil will cling to your skin to add much-needed moisture. If you use this method, be sure to wash the oil film off before applying self-tanner, as it could interfere with absorption by the skin.